This fun-filled evening will feature live music, traditional hors d'oeuvres, a fun, casual dinner, full open bar, and delicious desserts. Our auction will feature fantastic gifts and experiences, and all proceeds will support Schiff's conservation and educational initiatives in our community. See the list of auction items below!
Tickets: $100, available online here or at the Nature Center.
Tranquillity Farm is located at 300 Old Chester Road, Chester, NJ.
Please contact us with any questions at 973-543-6004, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
- Shooting Schiff
Explore the landscape of the Schiff Nature Preserve with Michael Yamashita, award-winning photographer for National Geographic Magazine, in this one-day private workshop for four to six students of your choosing.
- Fly-Fishing with Tom Gilmore
What could be more exciting for the outdoor enthusiast than a private fishing excursion for the serious angler and one other person of your choice with conservation guru Tom Gilmore?
- Chesapeake Bay Retreat
Bring your friends or extended family down to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a long weekend! Cherry Point is situated right on Fishing Creek with 1200 feet of beautiful waterfront and sleeps 23-26 people. A lighted tennis court, children’s beach, swimming pool, nearby Blackwater Wildlife Preserve, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats will keep everyone happy and busy.
- The Sweetest Experience of a Lifetime
Round up five of your family or friends and visit the M&M factory for an exclusive, private tour!
- A Culinary Treat in Your Own Home
DiSh Catering, a full service, fresh food, catering and event planning company will work with you to create an exquisite menu for six in your own home.
- Weekend Family Retreat in the Catskills
Enjoy a wonderful weekend getaway for a family or group of up to five people just 2 1/2 hours from the Mendham area at the Frost Valley YMCA - a spectacular 6,000 acre residential camping, environmental education, and conference center located in the heart of the “forever wild” Catskill Mountain Preserve.
- Supercar Driving Experience
Modeled after the Bristol Motor Speedway, GT Dream Cars’ new private road course in Flemington, NJ helps drivers unleash automotive urges on clear stretches of road. Chose your ride from a menu including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lotus and more! Let ‘er rip!
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Health and Wellness
- Experience Calm, Nature, and Health
A private two-hour outdoor Open Sky Yoga class will take place at Schiff Nature Preserve. Your journey will include an energizing hike through the woods, yoga instruction and a guided relaxation to calm your mind, relax your body, and reawaken your spirit. A peaceful meditative walk will complete your unique experience.
- Wellness and Serenity
Enjoy five mat classes of yoga or Pilates, your choice, at Lotus Studio in Bernardsville. The studio provides a beautiful, calm environment, and its highly trained and knowledgeable teachers will help you reach your goals.
- A Birthday Wish Come True
Children of all ages will love this premium birthday party package at Schiff! This certificate includes one two 1/2 hour long birthday party for 15 in the birthday child's favorite nature theme. Activities can include such fun topics as scavenger hunts, bug hikes and birding, and will be led by our environmental educators.
- Float Like a Butterfly, Honk Like a Frog
The New Jersey Pine Barrens are home to a wide array of rare and colorful plants and animals. Come stalk the elusive Pine Barrens tree frog, which honks like a goose, in the company of Tanya Sulikowski, former Executive Director of Schiff. You and up to three guests can join her for an evening jaunt in May or June to see this threatened amphibian, and you just might spot the Jersey Devil as well!
- Native Plant Tour
New Jersey has many interesting and attractive native plants, some of which may grow in your backyard! Join Michael Van Clef, ecologist and native plant expert, for a personalized tour of Schiff Nature Preserve. Paired with your own copy of Doug Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home and some potted native plants grown by Michael, you’ll be able to recreate the beauty and habitat benefits in your own garden.
- Birding Schiff Like an Expert
Schiff Nature Preserve has been recognized as a true birding hot spot, with its mosaic of habitats including meadows, forests, streams and wetlands that attract a wide variety of songbirds and raptors. Come hone your birding skills in the company of an expert birder from New Jersey Audubon, who will spend a morning with you and up to five other birders of your choice to help you identify birds by sight and song.
- Sunrise Paddle around Lady Liberty
A memorable two-hour paddle from Liberty State Park, circumnavigating Liberty Island for incredible views of the Statue of Liberty herself and the New York skyline at sunrise.
- Start a Christmas Family Tradition
A trip to Mendham’s own Hidden Pond Tree Farm at Christmas is a magical experience! This package includes a precut Fraser Fir tree of your choice, up to 8 feet, and a 24-inch boxwood wreath. Bring the family and enjoy a sleigh or wagon ride through the farm. Warm up with some hot chocolate and roast marshmallows around the fire.
- Make History at Schiff
You and your family can join “Relic” Rick Pressl, Schiff’s very own historian, for a private tour of Schiff Nature Preserve focusing on the rich history of the property and the region. Learn about Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, and the story of how Schiff became to be. You’ll quickly realize that this area truly is a special place! For an added bonus, Rick will have artifacts he has discovered, plus you might just get the chance to search for some yourself after you enjoy a picnic lunch on the property.
- Wild New Jersey Hiking Adventure
The New Jersey Highlands are undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas of the Garden State. Come enjoy a brisk hike up Wawayanda Mountain for an incredible view of the Highlands region in the company of David Wheeler, renowned author and connoisseur of New Jersey’s wild places. You and three other lucky hikers of your choice can join David for this adventure, which also includes a picnic lunch and an autographed copy of David’s recent book, Wild New Jersey.
- Hole in One
Gather your golfing buddies, it is time for a round at Somerset Hills Country Club! Ranked one of the 100 top golf courses in the United States, at Somerset Hills you and two guests will enjoy a round of golf, cart rental, and lunch.
- Power Play
You and your guest will enjoy two tickets for any 2012-2013 regular season New York Rangers home hockey game.
- Half-Cord of Custom Firewood
What better way to stay toasty warm on those cold winter evenings, than a nice supply of locally-produced, well-seasoned, mixed hardwood firewood?
- Basket of Maple Goodness
This basket of maple goodness includes two bottles of the good stuff, along with a griddle, spatula, waffle and pancake mix, and a book of old-fashioned maple syrup recipes – everything you’ll need to enjoy the best homemade breakfasts or snacks ever!
- Simply Beautiful Necklace
This Tresor faceted cushion-cut, sky-blue topaz is set in a simple bezel and hung on a delicate 18-inch 18-carat gold-plated sterling silver chain. Simply beautiful!
- Versatile and Lovely Necklace
Designed by Rivka Friedman, this 36-inch long necklace alternates slices of Caribbean blue quartzite with gold plated pebbles. Perfect for spring.
- For the Stylish Fly Fisherman
Preppy yet cool, this colorful Tucker Blair needlepoint belt features a charming fishing fly design with leather and solid brass buckle.
- Ready, Set, Beach
Pack the whole family’s gear in this large, zippered Scout tote. Add a pair of extra large beach towels and sunscreen and you are ready to go!
- Vegan-Friendly Food and Function
Jane Marvel’s bag designs are famous for their style and vegan friendliness. No animal products used! This cotton snakeskin print hobo bag is good for all seasons, has a comfortable strap, and can hold a lot without weighing you down! The animal love continues with a cookbook from NYC’s celebrated vegan bakery, BabyCakes.
- Your Planters or Mine?
Let A Growing Interest, LLC create a pair of seasonal container planters at your home. Use your own planters, or they will supply them for an additional fee, and have a custom designed bounty of seasonal plants delivered.